Superman and Lobo trade barbs, darts, and remarks in DC’s Superman VS Lobo, book one.

This one, a Black Label imprint title, is intended for 17+. And it’s for real, a scatological, poo-heavy, buttload of big broad laughs, evil grimaces, and plenty of back and forth.

Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie cowrite this wacky story, and we charge alongside them, trying to make sense of the madness; Numen, a god, wants all of our attention. “Butt” wait, there is the young Dr. Flik, who is studying Superman and Lobo. She carts around her clipboard, statistics, measurements, nerdlike attention to minutiae, and ability to clog everyone’s mental arteries. The saga starts, it stops, it pivots, careens, and cavorts. Still with me on this?

Mirka Andolfo illustrates the happenings with a solid grasp of bringing sense to it all, and although her Superman is decidedly ‘off-model’ (enormous chin and heavy cheekbones), the architecture is solid enough. Colour by Arif Prianto is brilliantly applied and adds incredible 3D dimension to this often flatly delivered pastiche. Lettering is by Fabio Amelia.

If you like the antics and banter of two larger-than-life characters in an oxygen-free atmosphere, this one will enchant and entrance you!

DC, Superman VS Lobo Book One, Black Label, $6.99 for 48 pages of Mature Reading.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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